Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Review: Colorado Thrift EP by Smokey Mountain English

Kacey Wade Stewart, Will Davis and Pat Loundas in just 5 hours have managed to capture a irresistible lo-fi charm with this brilliantly understated EP. The first thing that draws you in is the warm guitar tone punctuated by the cyclic banjo picking which are prominent through out the EP.  The opening 'Hard To Tell's' uptempo flow is hard to resist, and opens the way for the Guthrieesque 'Train Song' with it's homesick imagery.
Washboard percussion and Will Davis' banjo add to the uplifting 'Grow Old' beautifully, the 4 track EP is rounded out by another undeniably catchy love song 'Pearlsnap button'.

The whole EP captures the good vibe of friends making music together and boasts a charming blend of Folk, Americana and a touch of Bluegrass.  Well worth a listen, and the why not when it's free to download?  It's already on my iPod!

<a href="">Hard To Tell by Smoky Mountain English</a>

Saturday, 14 August 2010

I Am Gone


I've spent the last 6 months writing and recording and re-recording my second EP, the follow up to 'The Sea'. The title comes from a line in the second song on the EP called Moving On. Over 20 minutes 'I Am Gone' blends quiet folk with more raucous folk-rock, so here's the track listing:

Key To The Lock
Moving On
Summer Sanctuary

It will be available from Monday as a Digital Download for £2.50 and there will also be a limited run of CDs which will cost £3.50, these will include extras like links to early demo versions of some of the songs and some that didn't make it onto the EP.

So I made a little bit of a mess while I was recording.

I hope you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I did writing and recording it. You can listen to the opening track Key To The Lock and Summer Sanctuary on myspace now.